I. For those of you have been living under rock and/or doing something with your life, there’s actually been a whole controversy going on for the past six months known under the hashtag #gamergate. I’m not going to rehash what everyone has already said, I’ll just provide links for that. However, for context, I’ll give a brief summary of what’s been going on:
Zoe Quinn came under attack for allegations of cronyism (sleeping with five different people in the gaming industry for positive reviews, as well as receiving funding from them) and for false flag operations of harassment against herself in order to generate more views and sales of her game, Depression Quest. Are the allegations true? Are they False? I don’t fucking care. What matters most is her response. Her response turned what was an investigation of unethical journalism practices in the video game industry into a culture war.
This is her response:
“(…)What I am going to say is that the proliferation of nude pictures of me, death threats, vandalization, doxxing of my trans friends for having the audacity to converse with me publicly, harassment of friends and family and my friends’ family in addition to TOTALLY UNRELATED PEOPLE, sending my home address around, rape threats, memes about me being a whore, pressures to kill myself, slurs of every variety, fucking debates over what my genitals smell like, vultures trying to make money off of youtube videos about it, all of these things are inexcusable and will continue to happen to women until this culture changes. I’m certainly not the first. I wish I could be the last.” – Zoe Quinn
Let me be clear, No one should harass someone else with the above. That’s ridiculous. However, when you’ve been accused of false flagging harassment to yourself (there is compelling evidence for that position), do you really think you should respond with more supposed instances of harassment?
In response to the allegations, instead of admitting to anything she had done on her own, she instead decides to enlist the help of every. single. woman. in. America. Christ. This is an established tactic of Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram/Facebook/Reddit/Youtube Feminists and has been for awhile. If you don’t believe me, just go to ye olde feminists sites like Jezebel and Feministing. However, Zoe decides to break tradition, and go one step further. She decided to bring in transgendered people. Did it really matter that her friends were transgendered? Of course not. However, by specifically mentioning that they were transgendered friends that were being attacked, she wants to communicate one thing to you:
If you are transgendered, everyone that hates me hates you too.
There should be a special place for people like Ms. Quinn.
Then of course, Anita Sarkeesian had to get involved. She’s also infamous for putting out her video series Tropes vs. Women in Video games, which she paid for through kickstarter. All of her videos have been continuously refuted countless times, so I’m not going to go into that. The only thing you need to know is that she subscribes to the same philosophy of Zoe, which is, ” If I have a problem, it’s everyone problems. If someone disagrees with me, they obviously hate everybody.”
And who can forgot Brianna Wu, another victim of the misogyny of the gamer culture. But she’s not really that important, she just completes the trifecta.
II. At some point after the entire point of #gamergate got redirected, the news got involved. The fact that it’s on the news demonstrates the most powerful weapon TTIFRY Feminists have at their disposal:
Misogyny is a career killer.
Let’s put it this way: You go to CNN and ask to have a piece done about misogyny. You give them your story and they tell you to shove it. You do the same thing with MSNBC. Same Response. Finally, you go to FOX News, where not only do you get to tell your story, but you also get to tell the FOX news demo that CNN and MSNBC don’t care about your misogynist story (Read: They don’t care [Read: They are misogynists])
Because of this, the media has to play ball. In fact, they actually have to go out and search for it. If they don’t search, they don’t care. If they don’t run the story, they don’t care. Unfortunately, I don’t have time for your insanity is no longer an acceptable answer, as public perception is more important than truth. This is what happened to Gamergate, and why they are going to be on the losing side of this battle in the eyes of the public (Read:Truth) forever. They now have to constantly defend themselves against misogyny, the community as a whole, consistently. Every day. As long as this controversy continues. Yes, they have made some victories, but none of these have been publicized as heavily as the allegations lobbed against them. #Gamergate now has to play the feminist game, even though they don’t want to. They even disavow anyone that does harass another. But anyone that does give harassment to whoever is against #Gamergate is instantly assumed to be someone who affiliates with #Gamergate, and the cycle never ends. Here’s why this has happened:
#Gamergate chose to defend themselves against the allegations.
III. You might be thinking, So what? They should have defended themselves against people that are lying. Well, uh, duh. Of course you should do that when someone accuses you of something you haven’t done. Except for when the accuser is already the accused. Except for when you could have just ignored it, let them writhe in their filth, and let them expose themselves. When you respond to bullshit of this magnitude, you accept the premise. You accept that their argument now has just as much validity as your argument. Unlike human beings, not all arguments were created equal. Does misogyny in any industry matter? Of course it does. Does it matter when the allegations against those who cry misogyny are for cronyism and false flag operations? Fuck no. Two COMPLETELY SEPARATE matters for two COMPLETELY SEPARATE discussions. That’s how it should have been played out. That’s not the way it went, #Gamergate has tried to handle it the best they could, and props to them for doing so.
IV. Crying culture war is an effective tactic. It always has been. What’s sad is that this is not so much accidental as it is totally on purpose. By totally on purpose, I mean the problem that feminists see is put there in front of them to distract them. Here is a very simple truth. In order for publishers to fund games that include everybody in the country in their demo, then everyone has to buy games. Since everyone won’t buy games, Publishers can’t do it. If you’re wondering how that works, let me give an explanation free of mumbo jumbo. People make games with a certain demo in mind. That demo gives expected sales figures. expected sales figures are a major determining factor in the budget. That’s how publishers avoiding wasting millions developing and marketing a game to a demo that has no interest, or isn’t that interested in that kind of game. Now unfortunately, this is something no one really thinks about because none of us even know the names of the people responsible; the only thing we get to see are the lackeys doing damage control. Game devs, journalists, community managers, etc. etc. They don’t decide the budget, and they usually don’t even decide the demo. The more control game devs want over their product, the more they have to fight for it. The more they have to fight, the less likely they’ll be called upon in the future. That simple. You wanna keep your job, then play ball. I’m not saying they shouldn’t fight (I’m not not saying it either), I’m saying that’s the reality. They got mouths to feed, and one of those mouths isn’t you.
V. When we finally accept that the issue is about labor costs, and not about inherent misogyny in the industry, the solution becomes surprisingly simple. Whenever you see a game come out that you feel addresses the issues you find need to be fixed, then buy it. Get your friends to buy it. Put out blogs about it. Hell, try your hand at making one. But keep doing it, and don’t stop. Eventually, Publishers will see you as a demo worth targeting, and you’ll see the games you want coming out. You might think to yourself any number of things that distract you from that reality. Don’t let that happen. Publishers don’t care if you cry their games are sexist, especially when they’ve sold a couple million copies of them. It doesn’t matter what you can prove because people are going to buy games. The fight on #Gamergate is only going to drive sales of games. That’s all the publishers care about. Let me be more clear in case you still don’t get it TTIFRY feminists, progressive writers, or anyone else who believes that the games industry in somehow full of weak willed women and women-hating men: YOU CANNOT WIN THIS FIGHT. Proceed with observation and inference.